Comedian and Grammy presenter Randy Rainbow has heard all the Valhalla jokes.
“Yes, I totally had a Travolta/Adel Dazeem moment,” he said in an apologetic tweet today.
During the pre-show premiere ceremony presenting the first Grammy for Video Game Music, co-host Rainbow chanted the winner saying something like “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla”.
Rainbow, nominated for Best Comedy Album, explained in a tweet titled “A sincere apology to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla,” “It was the second segment of the show, I was still finding my footing and didn’t know the video about the game and the many phonetic spells I had as host. Had to debate, that didn’t include one so I just started speaking the language.”
Composer Stephanie Economo, a billion-dollar-plus moneymaker, was presented with the award during Sunday afternoon’s ceremony for her music on Ubisoft’s video game “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok.” The Grammy is the latest accolade for Economo, who last year won the Society of Composers and Lyricists’ Emerging Talent Award for his work on Netflix. Succession of Jupiter.
Rainbow’s “Valaha” quickly went viral, drawing comparisons to John Travolta’s eccentric garbling of Idina Menzel’s name as “Adel Dazeem” at the 2014 Oscars.
“If it’s any consolation,” Rainbow tweeted, “when my designated section was called, they mispronounced my name ‘Dave Chappell.’